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Makoto Nanaya (マコト=ナナヤ)

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  • Height: 163cm (5'4.2")
  • Weight: 49kg (108 lbs)
  • Blood type: O
  • Date of Birth: April 2
  • Birthplace: Shinatsu
  • Hobbies: Lacrosse
  • Likes: All-you-can-eat, Chestnut Parfait
  • Dislikes: Discrimination

"I'm gonna warn you, I don't pull my punches!"

Voiced by: Tomomi Isomura (Japanese) / Cindy Robinson (English)

A fellow classmate of Noel, Jin and Tsubaki from the Academy. She entered the Academy for the financial benefit NOL provided to her family. She's a Squirrel Beastkin, giving her incredible physical strength and reflexes. Unfortunately, because of her squirrel-ness she was the victim of extreme Fantastic Racism from many others, including her classmates. Noel and Tsubaki protected her from them, and became fast friends. Responds with great Squee! to anything cute, including Taokaka and Noel in one of the "Teach Me, Miss Litchi!" skits, and Carl in a flashback in Noel's story mode. She ends up in the Intelligence Department of the NOL (the same division as Hazama). She wields a pair of tonfas and wears next-to-nothing.

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Her Arcade mode playthroughs are named, in second and third game respectively: friendship and Bonds. Her story mode playthrough in the second game is named Slight hope.

Her Drive, Impact, charges a meter that when released performs an attack of damage equivalent to the meter (think playing those old-school golf games which require proper timing for maximum efficiency). In Chronophantasma, her Overdrive is Galaxia Impact, which automatically makes all of her Drive attacks Level G, augmenting their damage and granting additional properties.

In the fourth game, her Exceed Accel Cygnus Combination has her stun the foe with a punch to the gut. She then proceeds to do several of her specials, ending with her doing a powerful punch (or two) with a fist aura following her. Her Astral, Planet Crusher, propels her forward with a dashing gut punch, followed by some Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs that would make Kenshiro and Jotaro proud, and finally uppercutting her opponent all the way to the Moon causing it to break apart into several pieces.
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    # - C 
  • Abnormal Ammo: Her Unlimited self in CP has a move where she throws an acorn upward which will hit the enemy as it falls. It does Scratch Damage, but it is useful for combos.
  • Ace Pilot: Assumes the role of one in Tager's Chronophantasma gag reel.
  • Action Girl: Par for the course in a Fighting Game series, but Makoto is still a standout even in a a series like BlazBlue;, she is more than willing to throw herself in harm's way to protect those she cares about, and has the skills to get herself out of trouble... most of the time.
  • All Women Are Lustful: She's talked the most about picking up guys among the entire cast, is constantly doting on Carl, and it's all but stated that she's slept with Kagura.
  • And I Must Scream: In her bad ending in the second game. Relius Clover gets a hold of her and, in a rather harrowing sequence, tortures her via prolonged Mind Rape. Relius' last comment implies that he intends to transform her into something like his wife-turned-battle-doll Ignis, and Makoto is still conscious and aware as the ending fades to black. Yikes. Fortunately, it's a bad ending so it's not canon.
  • Ascended Extra: Like Tsubaki, she originally only appeared in flashbacks in Noel's story in the first game before becoming playable and a much more prominent figure in the second.
  • Ass Kicks You: Her reverse throw knocks her opponents flat on their backs, followed by her jumping on and landing butt-first on them. Also similar looking is her jumping 2C attack (though her tail covers her butt when she does this).
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Her Unlimited form in Continuum Shift has an Awesome, but Impractical secret Distortion Drive, as well. It actually does MORE damage than her Astral Heat (6601 damage vs OVER 9000 damage), but still takes 100 heat, rather than the 50 heat most Distortion moves use.
  • Awful Truth: Much in the same way as what Noel experienced, but for her, it's a reconstruction. She found out that Noel is a Prime Field Device amidst a graveyard of her 'predecessors'. Makoto learns from Rachel in the very next sentence that beastkin (like Makoto herself) were also made by human hands. Unlike Noel, Makoto does not break, and in fact uses the experience to strengthen her resolve to save her friends.
  • Badass Adorable: Awwww, look at those cute little ears and that big bushy tail. Make her angry, and they'll probably be the last thing you'll ever see before you're shot into the next zip code, fist class.
  • Badass Creed: The same one as all the other NOL members, save Relius, in CS. Occasionally subverted in that she can't remember the whole thing - it's played straight when she gets it right.
    Hazama: "Don't think this won't show up on your next review!"
    Jin: "*sigh* You just never change, do you?"
    Tsubaki: "You're gonna practice that until you get it right."
    Noel: "I had to work really super hard to memorize that, you know?"
    • There's also this gem, a parody of Bang's intro:
      Makoto: The heavens, the earth, and a million squirrels call to me! ... Huh? What? They don't?
  • Badass Normal: She has rather low ars magus ratings, but as a beastkin her physical skills are superior to normal humans and is able to hold her own with that alone. While there was no hope of victory for her against Es due to the Doomsday's fallout, she managed to impress Amane during her resulting last stand by both rejecting the temptation of the Azure and holding out as long as she did solely from strength of body and will.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Pretty much all of her outfits except her NOL Academy uniform (and her Black Cloak) bares her stomach. She even sported the look as kid!
  • Barefoot Poverty: House Nanaya has been strapped for money, and Amanefied!Makoto is barefoot. Coincidence?
  • Beat the Curse Out Of Her: To Tsubaki in Chronophantasma. Two different occasions, in fact.
    • Subverted at first. In her arcade path, Makoto tries to beat some sense into her. Two battles later, Tsubaki escapes control, but is quickly overcome again, and only the local Time Crash prevents the confrontation from escalating into a full-blown deathmatch.
    • In the story path, Makoto tries again with Noel and Jin at her side. Makoto doesn't succeed in directly neutralizing the curse, but that wasn't Jin's plan in the first place; with Tsubaki's strength exhausted and Izanami unable to intervene due to the Eclipse Field, Noel could observe the Zero-Type for Tsubaki to grasp and control on her own terms. Jin pushes her to the point where she has to use the Immortal Breaker technique or risk dying, except Jin stops trying to fight so he doesn't kill her. The attack fails because [A] the Immortal Breaker is only meant to destroy entities outside of logic (Jin's power of order is tied to the world's logic, which makes him immune) and [B] Jin was forcing a Sadistic Choice on Tsubaki to see if her love for true justice and Jin is greater than her devotion to then-Imperator Izanami. In the end, it's less "beat the curse out of her" and more "beat the curse so she can break it herself".
  • Berserk Button: Mocking her humanity and/or race will get you a sharp vocal retort in seconds (if not a well-placed hit on the jaw), no matter how well she can deflect other insults or taunts. During her arcade ending in Continuum Shift, she lashes out at Hazama for calling beastmen just mere tools created simply to fight the Black Beast, showing her dislike for being discriminated. This is also revealed when Relius, during Makoto’s Bad Ending, messes up with her mind, recalling painful memories of being rejected and ostracized as a beastman.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Makoto is a silly, friendly, generally whimsical and energetic person, and also appears to be somewhat scatter-brained. However, she makes it clear to Tager, "If, for whatever reason. Noel Vermillion is harmed in any way, I will hunt down that person and make them pay... dearly." This is neither hyperbole nor limited to Noel - attack any of her friends and, unless you're one of them (hi, Carl), you are in for a world of pain. Let's not forget that her Astral Heat involves punching the opponent so hard it shatters the moon.
  • Big Eater/Hyperactive Metabolism: She did that prior to her appearance in the first "Teach Me Miss Litchi" episode (and climbed a tree just to burn it all out!). Also, one of her victory speeches hints at it:
    Makoto: *yawn* Now I'm hungry!
  • Big Sister Instinct: Makoto makes it clear that hurting her friends is a bad idea. In contrast to her hyperactivity in battle, when said button is pressed, she suddenly gets very serious and quiet in contrast to her regularly ditzy and loud self.
  • Birds of a Feather: Forms a quick friendship with Celica because of this, as they're both kind but Book Dumb brunettes.
  • Blush Sticker: Makoto gets a pair after Amane's Astral is done with her. Gentlemen... BEHOLD!!
  • Boisterous Bruiser: A rare female example. She's loud, cheerful, excitable and hits like a bullet train.
  • Boobs of Steel: Second largest bust of the cast (surpassed by Litchi) and freakishly strong thanks to her beastkin heritage providing inhuman strength.
  • Book Dumb: Her evaluation in Remix Heart states that her physical abilities are outstandingly high, but she has no appreciation for studying. Doesn't stop her from leveling in IQ by the time Slight Hope rolls around.
  • Boxing Battler: A number of her punches resemble boxing techniques.
  • Brain Bleach: On one episode of Help Me! Professor Kokonoe!, Makoto runs right on in with a tone in her voice and a facial expression that suggests she needs the biggest glass of the stuff the titular professor can offer. Considering that the bad ending required to get here is Demon Path lite, can you really blame her?
  • Brainy Brunette: Double Subverted. She's a brunette, yes, but she's Book Dumb and can act rather wild... but her collection of street smarts serve her well as an intelligence officer.
  • Break the Cutie: Relius' mindrape of Makoto in her notorious Bad Ending - her childhood must be particularly brutal if being forced to relive it in mere minutes shatters an otherwise Plucky Girl.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Squirrel ears in this case. Makoto's a kid in an adult's body and a (restrained) sexual deviant, but she's a talented and competent Intelligence officer and an equally skilled fighter.
  • Butt-Monkey: So far, she's been blown up twice (Tager and Rachel's CS gag reels), drowned in another orgy of violence (Ragna's CP gag reel), been cast as a Scooby-Doo analogue (Carl's CS gag reel), sampled Noel's cooking (Noel's CS gag reel and Ragna's CF gag reel), been pummelled by Platinum's Magical Girl squad (Platinum's CS and CF gag reels), and been an unwilling participant in an experiment involving swapping bodies with Ragna and Jin (Relius' CS gag reel). Slapstick really does cross gender boundaries.
  • Cat Smile: Shows from time to time, like in her Astral Heat when she's literally launching her opponent to the moon. Justified, since she's a squirrel beastkin.
  • Charged Attack: Her Drive is pretty much this. By extension, many of her specials that use her D button (including Distortion Drives) can also be charged for further effectiveness.
  • Close-Range Combatant: Unorthodox projectile aside, Makoto's repertoire of attacks have her in arm's reach of the opponent at all times.
  • Comically Missing the Point: During Makoto's Help Me!! segment in 'Continuum Shift EXTEND, Kokonoe demands that Makoto explain her shelf, to which she responds "You want me to explain furniture?" While this would be a typical response from a ditz and fit this trope under normal circumstances, the look on her face suggested she knew what Kokonoe was talking about, and she missed the point on purpose.
  • Confusion Fu: Since she lacks the range of a lot of characters, Makoto's special attacks are meant to be used in mind games, to surprise and confuse foes and to punish careless approach. Asteroid Vision has a large number of ways to follow up on its own, Comet Cannon is laid out as a mine before being (optionally) shot forward, and Corona Upper and Space-Counter come out of nowhere. In story, Makoto appears to be a ditz, but can show surprising bouts of insight even when not triggered, making it harder to tell if and when her act of Obfuscating Stupidity is just an act, to the point where functional omniscience or blind luck are outright required to reliably counter her.
  • Counter-Attack: Her Space Counter special.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: Her "batons" are cross-shaped, for no good reason other than looking cool.
  • Cute Bruiser: Emphasis on the "bruiser" part, her punches can send anyone flying across the screen.

    D - N 
  • Dangerously Short Skirt: Straps hold it in place! And if you try to sneak a peek, she'll punch you out so quick you'll forget you even exist.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: A result of wall-to-wall Fantastic Racism.
  • Deadly Lunge: As her Unlimited self, her normal Drive moves can move her across the screen.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Far less frequent than Jin and Rachel, but she displays some when she's the sanest person on the block.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Of the Plucky Girl and Badass Normal.
    • She's cheery, energetic, hard to upset and is prone to cracking the occasional joke, on top of having friends she's willing to protect no matter what. Unfortunately for her, she's a minority in a system that heavily discriminates against her kind, and (unexplored) incidents prior to her attendance at the Military Academy made it difficult for her to get along with her human classmates, which included aforementioned friends until they associated with her for who she is rather than what. Her bad ending in Continuum Shift gives strong implications that she's not entirely trusting of them either, and that her attachment runs the risk of extremism which was, thankfully, ultimately unrealized.
    • She's physically strong and strong-willed, not to mention street savvy beneath the bubbly exterior, which is part of what made her a shoo-in for the Military Academy in the first place. While it lacks the raw power Jin's version possesses, said strength of will lets her emulate the power of order enough to defy the Boundary and disrupt Mind Eater. And yet, that's the extent of the power available to her; while this lets her knock her friends back to their senses and subdue B-tier fodder like Taokaka, Bullet and Tager when the plot requires it, against top billers like Ragna and the villains she's in over her head.
  • Depending on the Artist: Only her Chronophantasma art has lent credibility to Mori's claim she's around Bullet or Litchi's breast size. Otherwise, characters like Nine and Mai (the latter particularly in Remix Heart and Cross Tag Battle) have artwork or models that rival or exceed Makoto's size.
  • Determinator: Don't let the happy-go-lucky demeanor fool you; nothing short of Relius's prescribed overdose of Mind Rape will stop her from saving Noel and Tsubaki. She even survives a trip through the Boundary with her mind intact, the only other person to achieve that feat was Hakumen, one of the Six Heroes. Which makes sense, since they both possess the Power of Order.
  • Detonation Moon: Her Astral Finish smashes the moon to bits with a single punch.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Did this to Terumi twice in Slight Hope, turning his wrath on her instead of a more pressing mark. The "moxie" to pull this trope twice over was what caught Rachel's attention the second time around.
  • Disaster Dominoes: Being sent to Ikaruga between Calamity Trigger and Continuum Shift enabled her to start knocking these over, and she refused to stop no matter what; by the end of the story, her continued intermeddling in the plot started the final chain of events that led to Terumi's demise at Ragna's hands.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Several characters are clearly distracted by her knockers during their intro with her. Even our edgy main character - while Ragna's focus in Continuum Shift was fixated upon her tail, in Chronophantasma it goes to her rack, and Makoto is quite aware. "Hey! Eyes! Up here!"
  • Doppelgänger Spin: One of her attacks (Asteroid Vision) splits her in three, where the position of the real Makoto depends on which button the player used to input the command, with a number of different ways to follow up.
  • Double Agent: While working as an Intelligence officer for the NOL, she also doubles as a spy for Sector Seven. Drops out of this in CP.
  • Downloadable Content: The first DLC playable character in fighting games, released on August 5, 2010 and costs 560 Microsoft Points (360) or $7.00.
  • Dual Tonfas: Her Weapon of Choice. Subverted in that she rarely uses them as such. Her actual fighting style is more along the lines of boxing and the tonfas seem to simply add a little extra punch to her attacks.
  • Dumb and Drummer: One of the Drama CD covers has Makoto depicted as the drummer of a four-man band. Subverted; she's not as dumb as the stereotype suggests. Also being the beastkin on her group, it's clear why she's the drummer.
  • Effortless Amazonian Lift: She has the physical strength to easily carry Tsubaki over her shoulder as if she weighs nothing, and sprint while carrying her. To emphasize, Makoto's roughly 49 kilos, Tsubaki is 47 kilos (possibly without Izayoi), and she still dead sprints away from Carl.
  • Energy Ball: Her Comet Cannon has her deploy one. It doesn't immediately move forward unless you do a followup attack.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Makoto draws attention from both genders. Litchi is fascinated with her body in Chronophantasma commentary, Noel and Luna want to fondle her tail all day, and even Celica cannot help but notice Makoto's breast size.
  • Extremity Extremist: As befits her boxing concept, most of her attacks are strong punches. She only has one or two kicks, and also a few attacks with her tail.
  • Fate Worse than Death: In her bad ending, she's turned into an organic doll by Relius, Forced to Watch as he uses her body for his twisted experiments, with no way to express her terror.
  • Fetish: Makoto has a lot of turn-ons, ranging from the mundane to the outright bizarre. After fighting Platinum in Continuum Shift II:
    "Are you a boy? A girl? Oh man, I'm starting to get a little... NO! Bad Makoto! Now is not the time to embrace a new dirty little fetish... darn it..."
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Of her group of friends, she's The Fighter, being a noted bruiser and not having particularly high Ars Magus aptitude scores.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Justified, as she is primarily a boxer. The tonfas are strapped on her wrists.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: In Slight Hopenote  she winds up falling into the Wheel of Fortune timeline (around the time Calamity Trigger occurs in the active timeline) due to a trip into the Cauldron, where she wasn't tangled up in the events of the story otherwise - Hazama refers to her as an "anomaly" as a result, whereas Tager rejects the password she gives him, both demanding to know who she is. Rachel finds her before long and returns her to the active timeline.
  • Flat "What": As per her role as one of the Only Sane Men of BlazBlue, Makoto has uttered this trope a few times. The most notorious involved the absurdity of the casting in her gag reel (one of which was silenced by Ragna of all people), but she has done it in canon - namely, after heading off with Noel to get some food after first contact with Kagura.
    Makoto: I can't believe that guy.
    Noel: Makoto... I think Kagura... might be a good person.
    Makoto: *exasperated* What the hell. You are one cheap date.
  • Flung Clothing: Like Noel, she throws off her jacket when entering a battle. She wears a NOL Intel coat and beret in CS and an independent (Sector Seven?) coat in CP.
  • Freakiness Shame: She has a rather large and bushy squirrel tail and squirrel ears, and due to ingrained Fantastic Racism, she is secretly insecure about her squirrel ears and tail, but her best friend Noel Vermillion finds her tail extremely attractive, and often asks to fondle it.
  • Friendly Rivalry: Makoto refers to Mai as her friend and rival from the academy in her victory quote. They both praise how much the other's fighting skill has improved but then add that they've improved themselves in their victory quotes.
  • Fun Personified: Who wouldn't want to hang out with Makoto? Well, besides Hazama...
  • Gainaxing: Easily comparable to Litchi. She bounces in tune to her own theme ("Alexandrite") as well. Apparently justified as she never wore a bra during the Academy days, either.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: Makoto's playstyle is designed to be as honest and straightforward as possible, but packed behind strong impacts from her fists. Pretty much describes her personality to a tee, an energetic Nice Girl but mixed with Beware the Nice Ones.
  • Genius Ditz: She's quite air-headed and actively hates studying, but she did make it into the Intelligence Department of the NOL, which would obviously require some degree of knowledge and wit.
  • Genki Girl: The best way to describe her would be "hyper", especially when she's in a fight.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Despite being an Intelligence Division Lieutenant (under Captain Hazama himself, at that) — it's sundry that her loyalties are more to her friends than any government. When Hazama tries to assassinate Jin in Slight Hope, she is swift to call him on it and, when negotiations fail, parry the knife and attempt to beat the shit out of him. When that doesn't succeed and Jin has to freeze Hazama to get them both to safety, this only changes her priorities somewhat — to save her friends from him. In her bad ending, she has the gall to call Relius out on sending a still-injured Jin to what appears to be certain death against Ragna the Bloodedge and, again, demand he step aside lest she knock him on his ass (for all the good that does her), and even in the good ending she has no hesitation in demanding an explanation from Hazama about all the crap he tried to pull.
  • Gotta Get Your Head Together: While not depicted, Makoto usually complains about her head when something tampers with her soul, as shown in Slight Hope and Bonds. Likewise, Relius' mindrape is described as "a hand squeezing Makoto's brain".
  • Gut Feeling: One of the sharpest in the entire cast. Makoto almost has a sixth sense about her friends (she can tell if they're in trouble, just not what the trouble consists of) and she can tell if someone is trustworthy - while she is supportive of many of the cast members, she never trusted Hazama for any reason at all, no deception required.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Noel and Tsubaki, ever since their academy days.
  • Hope Bringer: Makoto's presence in Kagutsuchi in Continuum Shift reinvigorates those who know her best to varying degrees. To drive the point home, her own Story in Extend is titled Slight Hope. Examples include improving Noel's mood in Desperation and instilling true courage in her in the month between Continuum Shift and Chronophantasma, causing Jin to stop thinking about his brother in proximity to her in Decision (though this wasn't the only force at work), and renewing Tsubaki's spirits in Slight Hope - the choice to interrogate Hazama after this last act caused Rachel to go out of her way to save her when Hazama's patience finally expired.
  • Hot-Blooded: Almost as much as Bang. She even lampshades this.
    "Noel, please embrace... my overflowing spirit!"
  • Identical Stranger: Naoto claimed that she looks like his aunt Yuki Hayami.
  • Idiot Hair Antennae: And she's not an idiot.
  • Image Song: Her voice actress sings a vocal version of her theme "Alexandrite" called "Butterfly Sky".
  • The Immune: Downplayed. While nobody is outright immune to seithr corruption, Makoto's lack thereof is noted on multiple occasions in Arcade mode. This (together with being a Plucky Girl and The Power of Friendship) can be seen as how she can go to the Ibukido cauldron - which is covered in thick seithr, and then go through the Boundary and back again - and come back virtually unscathed.
    Lambda: ...Detecting a high resistance to the effects of seithr... target's rate of degeneration is 0.2% of normal...
    Mu (CS): Target's resistance to seithr exceeds established parameters. Executing research protocols...
    Hakumen (CP): So there are still souls in this world as pure as yours. I suggest you cherish that rare commodity, for the sake of us all...
    Nu (CP): Target has a strong resistance to seithr... Surrounding seithr eroding at a rate of 0.2%.
  • Interspecies Friendship: She's a squirrel girl in a trio with Noel Vermillion, Tsubaki Yayoi, two humans. This has such a great effect that the formerly prejudiced-for-her-race Makoto is incredibly loyal to those two and makes it her mission to ensure no harms come between them, and anyone who does get horribly killed by her hands (Or so she says for the latter), and the mere thought of her friendship to them is the one thing that enables her to survive the Boundary like Hakumen, and be immune to Terumi's infamous Trolling. Unfortunately, while getting mind raped in her bad ending, it's revealed that deep down, Makoto doesn't trust Noel and Tsubaki either, and she's just waiting for them to reject her like everyone else. Thankfully, their friendship prevails.
  • Intimidation Demonstration: A rare instance where this is used to end a fight rather than start one. When Carl Clover interrogates Tsubaki a little too roughly, and Makoto, not knowing who the aggressor is but wanting to stop the abuse, jumps out and prepares to punch him. Carl dodges - and good thing, too, as the punch leaves a massive impact crater where he once stood! Unfortunately for Makoto, this causes Carl's attention to shift to her, as she's with Intel and Carl wanted the whereabouts of his father, Relius Clover...
  • Last Stand: In Centralfiction, she chose to engage Es (whose job was to remove those whose desires were taken by Ragna) so that Naoto could get to Ragna and the others. She holds out long enough for her data to be archived in the Master Unit before she breaks down, but that was all of which she was capable.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Does this a lot. Example:
    Makoto: Press start to continue.
  • Leitmotif: Alexandrite.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Okay defense stats, good mobility, and high offensive power, but tempered by short range.
  • Little Bit Beastly: She's a Squirrel Beastkin - A half-human hybrid with the ears and tail of a squirrel.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: Makoto's first meeting with Noel and Tsubaki had her greeting the duo with a cold attitude and simply introducing herself as Nanaya and dumping her belongings on the bed. Later, when Makoto is being bullied by other classmates, the duo intervenes and try to know what's happening, Makoto keeps her cold attitude to them and simply asks who puts Tsubaki in charge and she left after Tsubaki silenced the bullies when they started insulting Noel as well. It wasn't until the three fell from a deadly height and Makoto used her tail as a cushion for the impact, and later as a way to keep Noel warm from the cold room they were in. Eventually, Makoto began to argue with the two until Noel innocently asked about what was so different between them. This led to Makoto breaking down into a flood of emotions and the three finally became the True Companions they are when we met them in the games.
  • Made of Iron: She's a lot sturdier than her frame implies, and her "defeated" pose in story scenes suggests she still has the strength to go another round. While she only has a visibly bleeding forehead in her bad ending, that's not where Relius is inflicting the worst damage to her...
  • Martial Pacifist: During the Academy days, Makoto was fully aware of the school rules about unsanctioned violence between students and never acted to harm others even when they bullied her. The worst that she dispensed was biting snark, but she never lashed out at them even if she could have destroyed the entire group on her lonesome. The same applies to the present day, and she never tries to start a fight... but if you attack her or her friends, she'll do everthing in her power to end it. Even if you are one of said friends, and even then she'll resort to violence only if she understands that there's no other solution.
  • The McCoy: To Tsubaki's Spock and Noel's Kirk.
  • Meaningful Name: "Makoto" (誠) can mean "honesty" or "sincerity", two traits that she exhibits a lot.
  • Megaton Punch: Her DD, Big Bang Smash, in a nutshell. Also at the end of Particle Flare DD.
  • Mind Rape: Suffers from a nasty case of this in her Bad Ending, courtesy of Relius Clover. It's in the Nightmare Fuel page for very good reasons. Her Help Me, Professor Kokonoe segment even starts with Makoto still screaming in agony from that treatment.
  • Morality Pet: One of the very few people that Jin isn't completely abrasive towards.
  • Ms. Fanservice: While her outfit and bust size are the most obvious reasons why, a few of Makoto's personality traits are somewhat sexual in nature, making her a different flavor compared to her competition.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Downplayed, as she does have a bit of muscle tone to her but she's still capable of greater feats of strength than her figure would imply. Her entire playstyle revolves around powerful body blows that blow the opponent across the screen, and within the story, she's capable of creating craters just from impact and and carry people like there's no problem. Beastkin are naturally stronger than humans, so that might explain it.
  • Neck Lift: Makoto's forward throw has her lift her opponent up this way before boffing them with her tail.
  • Nerdgasm: Literally does this in Tager's Continuum Shift joke ending, when Tager transforms into a giant gold-plated Humongous Mecha in order to fight a giant robot version of resident Cat Girl Taokaka. Don't ask.
    Makoto: "Oh... My... GOD! Commander Kokonoe, that is so awesome! No, seriously, I'm getting a tingly sensation in my naughty bits... Please, can I have control? Please? Pretty please!?"
  • Nice Girl: One of the most notable in the series, with a side order of Fun Personified.
    "In nature, oppressed creatures are known to cozy up to those who are controlling them. You're merely doing as the animals do."
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: She’s a Boxing Spy Squirrel.
  • Noodle Incident: Played for Horror in her bad ending, whatever she went through in the past must be pretty damn awful, enough for Relius to Mind Rape her into reliving it all over again on loop. All just to watch her suffer. And we never find out exactly what it was, save for a few hints of Fantastic Racism from Relius himself.

    O - Z 
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Comes across as this, being a Genius Ditz with the ditz part more evident. To wit, she attended the Academy on scholarship, graduated into the NOL's Intelligence Division and became a Double Agent for Sector Seven and NOL Ikaruga, easily discovered the rejected Saya/Noel cache in Ibukido. Even Hazama admits Makoto is smarter than she looks prior to their fight at the end of her CS Arcade mode.
  • Only Sane Woman: She's a Book Dumb Genius Ditz who tends to think with her heart rather than her head, but she falls into this surprisingly often. This is particularly apparent for her joke ending, many parts of the main story, and the first episode of Teach Me, Miss Litchi: Reloaded!. Then again, there are a few occasions that show she's Not So Above It All.
    • During an Academy flashback, she had to remind Tsubaki that seeing a weapon destroying a city would be "a catastrophe of epic proportions". She did hype up the Nox Nyctores moments beforehand, which is a likely nod to how urban legends can become exaggerated over the years.
    • When Shiori first appeared at the Military Academy, the girls spilled the nature of Mai's powers to her; Makoto was the first to recognize their mistake.
  • Outdoorsy Gal: It's plenty clear that Makoto would rather be out in the world than stuck in some stuffy office if she can help it.
    • During one episode of Teach Me, Ms. Litchi!, she felt climbing a tree and swinging from its branches would be the best way to work off the food she ate.
    • Her reason for wanting to join the Intelligence Division?
      ''I've always wanted to see the world, and they sound like the guys who'd make it happen for me."
    • The character-themed plates have elements that are attached to the character they're associated with; Makoto's is bordered with tree branches, with a stump in one corner and acorns in two others.
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: Matches with Kagura are invoked over this. Then again, when you introduce yourself with "Please, just one grope!", you're just asking for it.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Makoto's presence lightens the mood in many a situation, which is why she makes good Gag Reel fodder. She can and will get serious when the situation demands it, however.
  • Plucky Girl: If she can stand to rebuild a positive outlook on life in the wake of a lifetime of wall-to-wall Fantastic Racism, you're going to need some heavy ordinance to break her down - physical injury, financial woes, mind games, a trip through the Boundary, and Yuuki Terumi's mental penis don't work.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: References The Tick, Fist of the North Star and FLCL regularly during matches, with a side order of Pee-wee's Playhouse in Tager's CS gag reel.
  • The Power of Friendship: Her primary motivation in Continuum Shift seems to be the safety of Noel and Tsubaki. Especially after she discovers the hidden cache of rejected Saya clones in Ibukido and what she saw in the alternate timeline beforehand (read: Wheel of Fortune).
    • This is actually half the reason she survived a round-trip through the Boundary.
  • Precision F-Strike: Take the time when Hazama decided to take the role of Makoto's mother, or whenever she's fighting him or Relius.
    Makoto (Reaction to Ragna playing the baby): What the fuuuuuuu...
  • Prehensile Tail: Her default throw lets her use her tail to slap her opponent silly, so don't be fooled by how big and fluffy it looks. As her Unlimited self in CP, you can hold the D button in midair to have her hover in midair by spinning her tail.
  • Punched Across the Room: Her Drive moves, when fully charged, can end with this.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Much rarer, but also shows. Expect extreme Squee! or a nerdgasm if she shows both this and a Cat Smile at the same time.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: During Infinite Rush, Galaxian Particle Flare and Planet Crusher.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: In CS, Hazama has Makoto assigned to Ikaruga to keep her from interfering with his plan to mindrape Noel and Tsubaki. The fallout of this plot is still in the air, but unlike all his other gambits, pulling off his work with those two is all the good he's getting out of this one. The negative fallout starts from one simple fact - she's alive and reunited with Noel! More 
    • Chronophantasma shows the results. Makoto was a mole for Sector Seven and this reassignment allowed her to pass tons of information to her employers that they wouldn't have otherwise had access to. This, and her shenanigans in Wheel of Fortune (keeping in mind Hazama remembers alternate timelines) means she's on a very short and prestigious list of people that Terumi will not risk toying with - if he can't had her over to Relius immediately, he'll just try to off her.
  • Reconstruction: She reconstructs the very tropes and archetypes she deconstructs. All the crap she's been through and has adapted around has widened her world view and allowed her to more readily adjust to crumbling circumstances, and also severely blunts Hazama and Terumi's trolling options; while everyone else she knows is ripe for exploitation and psychological abuse and torment, they get no such joy from dealing with her. And while picking a fight with incarnations of divinity is out of her league, it's also enough to draw their eyes away from more pressing targets and objectives, allowing her to Screw Destiny by proxy through the very people she's trying to save. This, put together, reconstructs the Fixer Sue by giving limitations of what she can and cannot accomplish on her own, which is how and why she's able to topple the Disaster Dominoes in the first place. Hope your brain's ready for a workout with this one.
  • The Mole: She's actually an informant/Double Agent for Sector Seven.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Tsubaki's Blue. Being eager and energetic while Tsubaki is calm and reserved.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Three-way example with Noel Vermillion and Tsubaki Yayoi. They met in the military academy and watched out for each other, becoming fast friends and helping each other with quite severe issues. The all ended up joining different branches of the NOL and don't get the chance to see each other much anymore, but enjoy spending time with each other. Noel and Makoto's main motivation in Chronophantasma is trying to get Tsubaki back after she was manipulated by Terumi. Notably, Noel and Tsubaki were originally planned to be a lesbian couple and Makoto has been confirmed to be bi (and felt up Tsubaki's chest in a gag reel). However, Tsubaki only has eyes for Jin.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: If it gets her friends into a better position, Makoto will conduct illegal operations without a second thought. Case in point:
    (on finding Tsubaki in Slight Hope): "Thank goodness I found you! Uh, I've got something for you!" (Orders for you to return to HQ - forged 'em myself! They can bust me for counterfeiting later, so long as it gets you out of harm's way right now...)
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After losing to Hazama in CP Arcade, Makoto realizes there's nothing to gain in questioning him and makes herself scarce.
  • Ship Tease:
    • A small amount with Jin; she seemed to have a bit of a crush on him back in their Academy days, but obviously never acted on it out of respect for Tsubaki's feelings.
    • She also has some with Kagura. Not only is it implied that they had a one night stand, but she considers him a close friend (she calls him a "bestie") and has no issue with him finding her cute. It's pretty clear that if he quit womanizing they would be much closer.
  • Shipper on Deck: A Jin X Tsubaki Fangirl, based on one of her lines in Continuum Shift:
    "They would really make such a nice couple."
    • Taken up another notch in Slight Hope - Makoto doesn't try to hide that she ships them.
      Makoto: "Tsubaki, this is ME you're talking to! Drop the good little cadet shtick and just say it! 'I'm gonna spend every day with Jin, and I couldn't be happier about it! Tra, la la, la la!'"
      Tsubaki: "I... what...? Why would I say that?"
      Makoto: "Somebody's blushing! *giggle* Geez, I can read you like a book when it comes to that boy."
  • Shoryuken: Her Corona Upper is one, and can be followed up with a powerful downward punch (think Spider-Man's Spider Sting -> Spider Bite in Marvel vs. Capcom series) for further combo.
  • Shotoclone: Her uppercut move is standard, but her projectile is unorthodox in that she first deploys it as a stationary projectile and then she can (optionally) punch it forward.
  • Signature Move: Her Drive moves, as well as her Asteroid Vision, Corona Upper and Big Bang Smash.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Just like with Bare Your Midriff, even as a kid!
  • Small Steps Heroine: While Makoto is willing to fight for the world's well-being, she is more primarily concerned with the well-being of her friends, to the point she makes it clear to Tager (and Kokonoe by proxy) that she would turn on them if they brought Noel to harm. Strangely enough, given how said friends are vital lynchpins for Izanami, Terumi and Relius' game of destiny, one can see the small steps as being from a giant's perspective.
  • Smarter Than You Look: She gives the appearance of a bubbly and scatterbrained squirrel beastkin with more exposed skin than working intellect... until a flashback in Noel's story mode reveals that she, a mere commoner among individuals of more prestigious families, was attending the NOL Military Academy entirely on scholarship. Were that the extent, she wouldn't qualify, but an ivory tower environment like a classroom is a poor place for her to apply her immense street smarts, yet work in the Intelligence Division under Captain Hazama and as a Double Agent slash The Mole for Sector Seven is.
    • Continuum Shift in general, especially Slight Hope , is a demonstration of her prowess as an Intelligence officer - put short, had Makoto known that she had fallen into a timeline where Noel never existed and her activities in Slight Hope were interfering with his plans, Hazama would be treating her as something much worse than a mere Spanner in the Works.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: A one-off example happens in Continuum Shift between her and Jin.
    Makoto: Wow, look at them go! It's so peaceful here.
    Jin: "Noisy" would be much more accurate.
    Makoto: Do you always have to be so cynical?
    Jin: Hmph. Just stating the simple truth.
  • Spanner in the Works: Zig-zagged; Makoto is a recurring nuisance to the villains due to how she's able to undermine the operations of the Cosmic Chess Game through raw grit and deterministic unpredictability, although she is unaware of the finer details until the damage is done, and sometimes not even then.
    • In Continuum Shift Extend, her detour to the Wheel of Fortune iteration of the story had her gum up the flow of events by interacting with people her native self had no business knowing, saving Jin from a messy end courtesy of Hazama, and stalling out for Tsubaki to chase after Jin instead of whatever Hazama/Terumi had in store for her. The flow of causality implies that this disruption enforced the events that led to that Jin being installed into the Susano'o unit courtesy of Rachel Alucard, which caused Terumi no end of grief throughout the story; Centralfiction implies this forced him to hunt down the hihiirokane he would need to free it up for reclamation as a result.
    • In Chronophantasma, she forced Izanami's gaze away from Noel by taking on Tsubaki, and while phenomena intervention required Kagura to bail her out, he crafted a scheme to fully free Tsubaki using Makoto as an asset; the second round ended with her, Noel and Jin breaking Mind Eater together, which left Terumi minus one Hakumen-proof shield when he needed it most.
    • In Centralfiction, she befriended Naoto Kurogane and worked with him to track Ragna down in the depths of the Azure, only to stall Es so he could do the job in her stead. He got Ragna back to his senses, which ultimately led to Terumi's final demise, but she was ejected from the game of destiny before any of this could come to fruition.
  • Stripperific: Makoto's outfit shows far more skin than what is realistically acceptable. And it ends up being hilariously lampshaded by Kokonoe in her HMPK segment:
    Kokonoe: "Who goes out dressed like that? How do you live, knowing you're one strong breeze or sudden cough away from a massive wardrobe malfunction?"
  • Stepford Smiler: Beneath her lively disposition, she hides her dark past issues within. Being forced to relieve it by Relius in her bad ending pretty much breaks her.
  • Street Smart: What Makoto lacks in book smarts she more than compensates for here, with a Gut Feeling instinct that is sharper than anyone else's in the cast. This, plus her deterministic unpredictability, make her a recurring thorn in Terumi's side.
  • Tail Slap: She uses her tail in one of her throws.
  • Take a Third Option: The turning point of her story in CS has her pinned under a Sadistic Choice - Relius has taken off with Jin Kisaragi, but Noel and Tsubaki are still out there and unaccounted for, with Hazama having nobody's best interests at heart. If she chooses to go after Jin, she winds up running into Relius; if she chooses to go after Noel and Tsubaki, Relius could catch up to her. Either way, the situation had to be resolved, and quickly, lest someone wind up dead. The best option is to go after Noel and Tsubaki anyway; as it turns out, Makoto thought ahead and asks Bang to round up Jin in her place, leaving Relius preoccupied while she deals with Tsubaki. Not only does Relius lose sight of her and Jin, but by the time Hazama catches up to Tsubaki, Makoto has gotten hold of her and renewed her spirits, leaving his plans in utter ruin and his patience stretched beyond its threshold. Rachel is along to retrieve Makoto soon after.
  • The Tease: Hinted by one of her taunt lines:
    "You wanna fondle my tail too?"
  • Theme Naming: Her attacks names all deal with outer space.
  • Three-Strike Combo: Her Particle Flare DD has 3 parts, which you have to command manually by holding the D button.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Hazama implies in Friendshipnote  that "you were created for the purpose of defeating the Black Beast" - "you" referring to beastkin in general in all likelihood. Rachel talked her through the whole "crafted by human hands" business at the end of Slight Hope, so this had less of a sting than what Hazama was expecting.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: When she was in Military Academy, she used to be cruel, mean, selfish, and hated humans, but then had a change of heart by Tsubaki’s words when she confronted her fellow female classmates who were picking on her.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Chestnut parfait.
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: Her Astral Heat ends with this happening to her opponent... in the night sky.
  • Unblockable Attack: Sirius Jolt in Central Fiction cannot be blocked on standing opponents, and is not reliant upon Makoto's Drive to function despite the knockback.
  • Underboobs: One of her two defining features. The other being her squirrel tail. Her top is explicitly left loose in front after being Amanefied. Makoto under the influence of the Spectacle of Eros in a Chronophantasma gag reel uses this as a source of pride even. Kokonoe in Makoto's HMPK segment also points this as one of her recognizable features.
  • Undying Loyalty: Makoto would go to the ends of the earth for Noel and Tsubaki. She betrays the NOL, an organisation that rules most of the world and sends a thinly veiled threat to Sector Seven, the organisation that runs the rest of it. Her loyalty is so strong, that, in her Story Mode, it's implied that her loyalty to her friends actually stopped her from losing her sanity and semblance of self when she fell into the cauldron, through the Boundary, and into to a different timeline, and then let her go back to her original timeline. To help that sink in, Arakune turned into a... whatever he is now after being exposed to the Boundary for a few moments, and the only other character who has survived the Boundary was Hakumen.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Her primary means of defeating opponents is punching them, instead of utilizing weapons, magic, or other fancy powers, but she still puts up a solid fight. In story, Jin notes her ars magus aptitude is averagenote , but her physical tests are off the charts. As for actual fights, she handily defeats a simulacrum of Noel or Tsubaki, a match with Tager was interrupted by Kokonoe before a winner could be decided, and she puts up a lengthy last stand against Es despite the power decay.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Makoto considers Kagura one of her "besties" and is more than willing to work with him, but given implications of prior encounters she's bitter with him over his constant philandering, and is one of the first to "correct" the problem whenever it arises.
  • Womanchild: While it's not known how old she actually is, she's old enough to partake in high school and then become an army's intel unit member afterward. And she's still pretty ditzy and silly, though she's definitely not naive nor lacking common sense.
  • Worst. Whatever. Ever!: The ending to her gag reel in 'Continuum Shift EXTEND is summed up in this trope due to the myriad events that proceeded to, as Makoto herself said, balls it up.
    Makoto: No! That's not what happened at all! This was the worst reenactment ever! Y'all SUCK!
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: She wears pair of spandex shorts after being Amane-fied.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Chronophantasma Arcade has Makoto causing Tsubaki's Mind Eater to lapse, only for Izanami to forcibly reinstate it and attempt to turn their fight into an outright deathmatch. Amaterasu decides to just eject Makoto and rewind.
    • Throw the Dog a Bone: Enduring all that chain yanking in stride ultimately pays off for Makoto in a big way in the ending of Central Fiction!
  • You Remind Me of X: Both Es and Naoto remark that Makoto resembled someone they know.
  • You're Insane!: During Slight Hope, Makoto questions Hazama's sanity when the former tried to kill Jin in front of her. His answer cements her suspicions that he was never trustworthy on top of cuing an armed response from her.
    Makoto: Have you lost your mind?! Why are you attacking him?
    Hazama: To kill him! Duh! Did you need to ask that, or were you being rhetorical and melodramatic?
    Jin: Get out of here, Makoto! I'm the one he's after!
    Makoto: The hell I will! You know, Hazama, I always figured there was something suspicious about you... I'm dedicating my first punch to women's intuition!
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